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Dr Philippa Jackson

Senior Lecturer: Psychology, Associate Director: Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre

Department: Psychology

Philippa is a Senior Lecturer based within the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre

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After completing her first degree at Durham University, Philippa held a research assistant post at the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre (BPNRC) and was later awarded a PhD studentship which she completed in 2010. Her PhD, supervised by Prof David Kennedy, Prof Andrew Scholey and Dr Jonothan Reay, investigated the effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on cognitive function in healthy children and adults. Following her PhD, Philippa was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to continue her investigation of the effects of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, on cognitive function and cerebral blood flow in older adults. She is now the Associate Director of the BPNRC, leads the fatty acid research group and is also principal or co-investigator for a number of industry funded projects with a focus on novel nutritional interventions. 

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0191 227 4468


PhD (Northumbria University)

BSc (Hons) Psychology  (Durham University)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Philippa’s primary research focus is the behavioural effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acids with regard to cognitive function, mood and sleep in healthy individuals. More broadly her interests lie in exploring the interplay between the diet and the brain, and specifically nutritional approaches to augmenting brain health over the course of the lifespan. This is achieved by investigating the effects on behaviour and potential underlying mechanisms (e.g. metabolic and cerebral blood flow effects) of a wide range of dietary components, herbal preparations and nutraceuticals.

Key Publications

Kennedy, David, Stevenson, Emma, Jackson, Philippa, Dunn, Sarah, Wishart, Karl, Bieri, Gregor,Barella, Luca, Carne, Alexandra, Dodd, Fiona, Robertson, Bernadette, Forster, Joanne and Haskell, Crystal (2016) Multivitamins and minerals modulate whole-body energy metabolism and cerebral blood-flow during cognitive task performance: a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial.Nutrition & Metabolism, 13 (1). ISSN 1743-7075

Jackson, Philippa, Forster, Joanne, Bell, Gordon, Dick, James, Younger, Irene and Kennedy, David(2016) DHA supplementation alone or in combination with other nutrients does not modulate cerebral hemodynamics or cognitive function in healthy older adults. Nutrients, 8 (2). p. 86. ISSN 2072-6643

Jackson, Philippa, Pialoux, Vincent, Corbett, Dale, Drogos, Lauren, Erickson, Kirk, Eskes, Gail andPoulin, Marc (2016) Promoting brain health through exercise and diet in older adults: A physiological perspective. Journal of Physiology. ISSN 0022-3751

Jackson, Philippa and Kennedy, David (2013) The application of near infrared spectroscopy in nutritional intervention studies. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. ISSN 1662-5161

Jackson, Philippa, Deary, Michael, Reay, Jonathon, Scholey, Andrew and Kennedy, David (2012) No effect of 12 weeks' supplementation with 1 g DHA-rich or EPA-rich fish oil on cognitive function or mood in healthy young adults aged 18-35 years. British Journal of Nutrition, 107 (8). pp. 1232-1243. ISSN 1475-2662

Jackson, Philippa, Reay, Jonathon, Scholey, Andrew and Kennedy, David (2012) Docosahexaenoic acid-rich fish oil modulates the cerebral hemodynamic response to cognitive tasks in healthy young adults. Biological Psychology, 89 (1). pp. 183-190. ISSN 0301-0511

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Professional Activity

BPS Psychobiology Section Chair

Current Teaching Activity

  • PY0760 – Module leader
  • PY0776 – Module tutor
  • PY0635 – Module tutor

Further Information

Postgraduate Supervision

Michael Patan (Principal)

Hannah Avery


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